Oscar-Winning Director Anthony Minghella Dies

Oscar-Winning Director Anthony Minghella Dies
Anthony Minghella

updated 03/18/2008 AT 11:45 AM EDT

originally published 03/18/2008 AT 09:40 AM EDT

British filmmaker Anthony Minghella, who won a Best Director Oscar in 1996 for The English Patient, has died, his London-based agent confirmed to the Associated Press. He was 54.

He succumbed to a fatal hemorrhage early Tuesday morning at Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith, west London, his rep tells PEOPLE. Minghella had an operation last week for a growth in his neck, which "seemed to have gone well."

Minghella's other movies included 1999's The Talented Mr. Ripley, which made a star out of Jude Law, and 2003's Cold Mountain, which won an Oscar for its Supporting Actress Renée Zellweger.

His most recent movie was The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, which he recently finished filming in Botswana, reports CNN.

Minghella was married to Hong Kong-born choreographer Carolyn Choa.

Since 2003, he was chairman of the British Film Institute.

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